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  1. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Movies Discussion

    To address your second point first, I’m sure they’ll be free to use a faux stop-motion style if they choose to - it’s not as though Warner Bros. has a monopoly on it as a cinematic technique, or even one on it specifically as it applies to LEGO, given the whole point of it was to evoke the look of the stop-motion brickfilms LEGO fans have been making for decades. However, the folks making LEGO movies for Universal might intentionally opt not to use it, specifically to help distinguish these new movies from the Warner ones. Which brings us to the first point. I believe the characters from these movies actually are technically owned jointly by LEGO and Warner. That doesn’t mean there’s absolutely no possibility of them continuing on in these new movies, but I suspect Universal will instead want to start with a fresh clean slate... although if any of the creative staff behind the extant LCU does carry over to the new movies, they may want to keep the established characters / continuity going.
  2. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Dimensions Discussion

    It has taken way too long, but thanks to this year’s Black Friday promos I finally have a PS4 - huzzah! I’m so looking forward to finally playing more than the little bit of this game that I first got to play on my nephew’s XBox One around Christmas 2015, nearly four years ago (!). Too bad, because you’re getting them anyway! :p
  3. Blondie-Wan

    Possible SpongeBob comeback in 2020?

    Similarly, when Elves was coming out and we saw some of the pics of designers working on the theme, there was a brick-built sculpture of an Indiana Jones minifigure on a table alongside the Elves stuff, and obviously that theme came and went without being accompanied by the return of LEGO Indy. That said, I think the gestating fifth movie planned for a 2021 will likely be accompanied by at least a few new sets. Similarly, if SpongeBob is another still-active franchise through this prequel series, then more LEGO sets could well happen as long as none of TLG’s competitors are using the license.
  4. Blondie-Wan

    Toy Story Discussion

    Sure, but it seems like a missed opportunity to have further discussion of the theme that connected back to old discussion. Personally, I’d have been inclined to discuss the new stuff in the old thread (including mention of the minifigures from the first wave of Disney Minifigures three and a half years ago).
  5. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    The very first two sets (Shinkai 6500 and Hayabusa, from the CUUSOO days) also had stickers. They typically eschew stickers in Ideas sets, but as far as I can tell they’ve never really had a hard, fast rule against them. Notably, Voltron also has stickers, though it uses them specifically to give the builder the option of having the five lions numbered or non-numbered (to represent either the Americanized version of the show, or the original Japanese version). The Old Fishing Store has eleven stickers, but it also has a slew of printed parts - I think more than any other Ideas set, even ones with tons of prints and no stickers (I think Doctor Who was the previous record holder, with around fifty printed elements, none of them stickers).
  6. Blondie-Wan

    More LEGO Ghostbusters in 2020?

    How interesting. While obviously if LEGO releases any Ghostbusters sets next year it’ll be because of Ghostbusters 3, it’ll coincidentally fit and strengthen a pattern of them releasing Ghostbusters stuff every other year, in all the even-numbered years: 2014 (LEGO Ideas Ectomobile) 2016 (D2C Firehouse Headquarters, LEGO Dimensions Fun, Level, and Story Packs, Ghostbusters 2016 Ectomobile) 2018 (Venkman & Slimer Brickheadz) 2020 (Ghostbusters 3 stuff, and more???) It’s also notable to me that while they didn’t release anything new for the franchise in 2015 or 2017, stuff from the previous years remained available all throughout those years, so that there was LEGO Ghostbusters stuff available continuously from June 2014 up through whenever the 2018 Brickheadz set sold out, making Ghostbusters a LEGO theme that ran for five straight years without interruption, even if there were only eight things released. It seems to have done reasonably well for them, all things considered; I wouldn’t be a bit surprised now to see it return in 2020.
  7. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    This has been quite a year for LEGO Ideas. 2019 has brought us: - the first year with more than four Ideas sets released (the Dinosaur Fossils set makes at least five) - the first review with three approvals at once - the largest, most expensive Ideas set yet (over 3000 pieces in the Treehouse, for $200) - the first Ideas sets (plural!) to introduce completely new elements There was a time not so many years ago when many doubted any of these things would happen. Look how far Ideas has come! I don’t think they have separate licenses for just the minifigures that come as part of a set of they already have a license for the set. That said, prior to Dinosaur Fossils, every CUUSOO / Ideas set that’s had minifigures has been based on a CUUSOO / Ideas project (or “product idea”, as they say now) that’s had minifigures, and every CUUSOO / Ideas set that hasn’t had minifigures has been based on a project that didn’t have them, either. They frequently change the number, designs, and specific character assortments of minifigures when translating projects into final sets, but Dinosaur Fossils is the only Ideas set where the original project didn’t include any minifigures but the final set does. It seems to me that generally speaking, if an Ideas project doesn’t use or show any minifigures, then the final set won’t either if it gets approved. But then, Dinosaur Fossils is a brand-new exception to that pattern, showing that if it was a rule before it isn’t one now, so I guess it’s possible a Futurama set based on this project would include minifigures; I just wouldn’t count on it.
  8. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas - 123 Sesame Street

    I’d dearly love to have Kermit as well, but I kind of doubt he’ll be there (though I guess it’s possible, and would certainly be a pleasant surprise). Though he’s certainly an important part of the show’s history, he hasn’t been on it since a brief appearance about a decade ago, it's been since decades before that that he was a regular character, and he’s actually under different ownership (Disney, specifically) from the Sesame-specific characters like Big Bird and Oscar. The latter three would all be Muppets characters, but not Sesame Street ones. I’d love them too, though, but if we ever got them they’d surely be in a The Muppets set, not a Sesame Street one. As I noted above, Kermit is similarly more a Muppets character than a Sesame Street one, but he does at least have an extensive history with the latter show.
  9. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas - 123 Sesame Street

    Probably, but Ideas sets don’t always feature exactly the same characters as the product ideas (I still want to say “projects”) they’re based on. Sometimes the number changes - for example, the final Exo Suit actually added a second space person who wasn’t in the original proposal, while the Pop-Up Book similarly added the Giant (along with nanofigure Jack, along with the whole second story of Jack and the Beanstalk), and “Steamboat Willie” added Minnie, where the original product idea had had only Mickey (as the titular Steamboat Willie). The final Women of NASA, on the other hand, had four minifigures to the project’s five, omitting Katherine Johnson. And sometimes they just change - the original “Doctor Who and Companions” project recommended one “modern” Doctor and one “classic”, with a companion for each, suggesting David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor (with companion Rose Tyler; Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth with companion Clara Oswald was also a suggested option, but a secondary one and not shown) and Tom Baker’s Fourth (with companion Sarah Jane), along with K-9 and a Cyberman. The latter two characters were saved for LEGO Dimensions packs, while in the final Ideas set the two incarnations of the Doctor were both “modern” ones, Eleven and Twelve, and Clara was the single companion present. With such a large project and set as Sesame Street, with so many characters (particularly so many of whom would benefit from new molds), there’s no telling how many of the characters represented in the project might be present or which ones they might be. I think the only thing we can be sure of is that some of the “outside” characters who made guest appearances on the show over the years, as the project creator represented in updates and social media posts and such, obviously won’t be present (i.e., Batman and the Joker, the Wicked Witch of the West, R2-D2 & C-3PO, etc. - though I fully expect many of us will add those characters from our existing LEGO collections to the scene in this set).
  10. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas - 123 Sesame Street

    Good point. I was actually thinking Snuffy and Barkley were good candidates, since they’re two significant Muppet characters who could be accomplished effectively with brick builds and still look good next to minifigures. Agreed about Big Bird. He’s the #1 Muppet character who absolutely has to be there. And I think we can expect some sort of representation of Oscar since his trash can is an essential part of the Sesame Street environment, and if you have his can, you can get away without having his full body; he really just needs a head that can pop out of the can from under the lid. Your idea about the column bricks is a good one. I think it would come closer to recreating the denser fluting seen on the sides of the “real” Oscar’s trash can than that on the classic LEGO trash / recycling can. But I really like the potential of the classic LEGO can to have some sort of figure that can not only be placed inside the can, but actually go up and down inside it. Alas, I think having a hinged lid is a bit much to hope for, but I think simply sticking a 2x2 dish on top of Oscar’s head would be an effective next-best solution. Well, assuming the Muppet characters use minifigures. I think it’s safe to say Big Bird will be a minifigure if he’s there at all (or at the very least, a minifigure torso with brick legs and/or head), but I wonder whether some of the other characters might be smaller. While I expect a Sesame Street set (even one aimed at adults) to play even faster and looser with scale than most LEGO things already do, the LEGO Games-style microfigures used in the project would be remarkably close to the right size next to minifigures, proportionately to the actual Muppets next to average adult humans. But I don’t know that they’d look good for all the characters. Yeah, and like you I do want to see some of the classic Sesame Street non-Muppet people, too.
  11. Blondie-Wan

    Cataloging the LEGO licenses

    Added Sesame Street.
  12. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas - 123 Sesame Street

    Yeah, there have been literally dozens of different local versions of the show produced, each with their own characters, for different countries and regions over the decades. That said, I fully expect this to represent the US original, because it’s a) the original, and b) the one represented in the product idea. BTW, re: viewership age ranges: while looking stuff up on the show just now, I came across the tidbit that as of 2014, 49% of the viewers were over the age of 18. I knew it had a substantial adult viewership, but even I didn’t expect it to be that high. And yes, I’m sure that includes a lot of adults who watch it simply because they watch it with their own kids, but still.
  13. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas - 123 Sesame Street

    Conceivably, they could get around the new molds issue by simply not using any of the Muppet characters, and having figures only of humans like Gordon, Maria, Bob, Luis, etc. However, I think most of us agree it wouldn’t be much of a Sesame Street scene without any of the notable nonhuman characters; without them, it might as well be just another modular building (not that the modulars aren’t wonderful, but they don’t need the license or the Ideas process to do them). Big Bird is probably the single most essential one, but really so many of them are important. So... what characters do we think will show up? As noted, I suspect this will be aimed squarely at nostalgic adults; if so, would that mean it includes older characters who (for one reason or another) haven’t been seen in years, like Roosevelt Franklin or Mr. Hooper? And would it completely eschew newer characters like Abby Cadabby? Or will they go for a broad range of the show’s history, or will they include only current characters? And for the Muppet characters (assuming they are indeed there), how do we think they’ll be realized? New molds for all? Some? None? Could Oscar (for example) be, say, a printed minifigure head atop a small brick body, stuck into a classic LEGO trash can, with 2x2 dish “lid” on top of his head? Or does he need a new mold in order to be done properly?
  14. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Do we know when that’s coming? Ideas projects have leapfrogged one another before...
  15. Blondie-Wan

    LEGO Ideas - 123 Sesame Street

    I don’t know what others would do; I guess you’d have to ask them. Speaking for myself, though, I think I’d draw a distinction between Sesame Street stuff (good Sesame Street stuff, anyway) and stuff from most other shows aimed at that age range. Sesame seems... more respectable, somehow, and there’s also a something about it that can bring joy to anyone - perhaps even adults moreso than kids. And if this set focuses on the show’s history, as the social media campaign suggests it could - with characters who departed the show decades ago, and so on - I really see a certain number of adult fans who’d go for it. Hardly everyone, of course, but then it’s not like LEGO’s larger, more expensive sets are expected to sell in the millions anyway, especially in the Ideas line. Also, I don’t know how old you are, but speaking for myself - I’m 51, just old enough to dimly remember the beginnings of the show, when Oscar was sort of orange rather than green - I can attest that as one gets older, one tends to reach a point where one cares less about whether other people think a particular piece of entertainment is age-appropriate for oneself. I’ll now happily watch and enjoy kids’ shows, and freely acknowledge it, that I might have been mortified to have been caught watching in my 20s, say. (Tangentially... Tom and Jerry? That’s your idea of a comparably child-focused franchise to put in the same category as Sesame Street? I’d expect something like Dora the Explorer or Bob the Builder, but Tom and Jerry? If anything, I’d think Tom and Jerry was more of an older kids thing...)